What started off as a close game between the Patriots and Dolphins on Monday night turned into a wild blowout. Miami actually led 7-6 going into halftime and really dominated the first half. Right after halftime, things changed drastically.
Brandon Tate returned the opening kick to the second half for a touchdown and the proverbial flood gates burst open. The Patriots forced just their second three-and-out following the kickoff return and safety Patrick Chung blocked the punt. Two plays later BenJarvus Green-Ellis was into the end zone for a touchdown to make it 20-7. The Dolphins scored on their next drive to make it 20-14, but the Pats busted out again. They marched down the field for a 12 play 78 yard drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Danny Woodhead. At this point, the versatile Pats had scored on a kickoff return, run, and pass.
Things really got out of hand in the 4th quarter. Patrick Chung blocked a 53-yard field goal attempt and it was returned for a touchdown to make it 34-14. A few drives later, Chung intercepted Chad Henne and returned it for a score to put the stamp on the game.
The Pats won 41-14 and became the first team in history to score on a run, pass, kickoff, blocked punt, and blocked field goal in the same game. Talk about a complete effort. What’s a matter boys, unable to return a fumble or punt for a touchdown? Slackers.
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